Daily Archives: March 24, 2017

The Poisoned Table by Diane Michael Cantor

Slavery

The Poisoned Table by Diane Michael Cantor The Poisoned Table by Diane Michael Cantor was published in 2015 and is 400+ pages long. I read this for my local book club in northeast Florida. I have a particular interest in slavery, so looked forward to this selection. The two slave plantations mentioned in the book are nearby, on islands off… (more…)

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo     by Amy Schumer I try to ignore popular culture.  Yet I am a compulsive reader, so can’t help but notice it. Thus the author’s name rang a bell when I saw her book on CD with a shiny “new” sticker on it at the local library. No skips!  I can’t resist a “new”… (more…)

Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy

lavender field

Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy This is a fabulous southern gothic murder mystery with all the elements that make southern gothic so intriguing.  The book is infused with folklore, superstition, feuds, mystery, prescience, foreshadowing, and a murder mystery. The author’s voice is a treat. I couldn’t ask for more. It takes place in rural Kentucky. There… (more…)

Kick: The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK’s Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth

Two bright lights gone

Kick: The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK’s Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth By Paula Byrne The author used newly released documents to relate the amazing story of Kick Kennedy, JFK’s favorite sister. She accurately portrays the strict Catholicism of mother Rose Kennedy and the effect it had on Kick, contributing largely to her initially repressed sexuality.  At… (more…)

The Orphan’s Tale In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente

an orphan's take in the night garden

The Orphan’s Tale In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente This is one of my all-time most favorite books on my personal list of books I love most. I recommended it to my local book club, thinking everyone would love it as much as I.  The reaction was decidedly “meh.” Some of the members dismissed it as “weird.”  No… (more…)

Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz aka Jayne Castle)

Reading a cozy mystery

Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz aka Jayne Castle) Is it a romance? Is it a cozy mystery? Is it a Victorian love story? Is it a paranormal romance? Maybe it is a combination of all three! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The combination of elements keeps the plot going. This is a light, entertaining book –… (more…)

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (September 27, 2016) I try mainly to ignore popular culture.  Yet, this Bruce Springsteen biography is more than that because Bruce Springsteen is more than a pop culture figure.  He is an artist, a bard, a raconteur of folklore following the likes of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.… (more…)

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laurie Kamoie

 America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laurie Kamoie This book is about Martha “Patsy” Jefferson. She was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson, who was the 3rd President of the United States.  The book is historical fiction. The authors did a great deal of research, combing over old letters and records.  Then they wrote a book around the facts, producing… (more…)